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      Power supply issues are one of the three biggest issues you'll face when starting with Single Board Computers (SBCs). SD card issues, whether fake or faulty, are another and issues resulting from poor board design is the other common issues you can encounter.   Power supply issues can be tricky. You might have a noisy power supply that works with one board because it has extra filtering, but won't work with another. Or you're using that cheap phone charger because your board has a microUSB connector, and it is either erratic, or doesn't start up, or even becomes the cause of some SD card issues.    Some tips to avoid the most common causes of problems reported:   Don't power via micro USB  - unless you have optimised your setup for low power requirements. Micro USB is great for mobile phones because they are simply charging a battery. It's bad for SBCs. Yes, it does work for a lot of people, but it also causes more problems and headaches over time than it is worth, unless you know exactly what you are doing. If you have a barrel jack power connector on your SBC, use it instead! If there is an option for powering via header connections, use that option!
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Tritium - new board from Libre Computer creators of Le Potato
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Just the tiny one goes for $ 9.-

available in configurations:

  •  0,5GB 32-bit 1080P
  • 1GB    32-bit 4K30
  • 2GB    64-bit 4K30

Brrr, just like SinoVoip, switch the SoC as often as you can: H2+, H3, and H5 SoC.  Not even the 64-Bit stays at Amlogic like Le Potato


I have to search if there is already a way to write armbian on the eMMC of the Le Potato - it sounds on Kickstarter that LP OS is still in development and they already come out with new HW..

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15 hours ago, manuti said:

Opinions? Hopes?


Well, I still don't like Micro USB for DC-IN and would hope they add a good, short and at least 22AWG rated Micro USB cable when shipping the boards (or at least later as mandatory add-on). Then while I understand why GbE is missing (since H2+ is said to not support it, so this decision allows for using the same PCB with all three Allwinner variants and just exchange SoC and DRAM chips) this limits some use cases. But on the bright side it seems all 4 USB ports are directly available as type A receptacle (Micro USB for powering only) and eMMC as module is getting more popular (and by looking at Libre Computer's web site it seems they will provide similar modules for a few other boards too):


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I had seen the website updates with the names a couple days ago, hadn't caught the campaign, good catch.


@tkaiser I agree with you on the powering situation, I wish we could at least see a dedicated pin header for those who know better.


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Some time Raspberry Pi will move to USB-C and everybody will do.

An eMMC module standard can be another game changer.

And of course, except you guys, nobody is putting a serious effort on improve the OS side of this computer board world.

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